It happens every year around this time, when June starts to heat up the sloping USDA Zone 7a Fairegarden. Rain becomes infrequent, with pop up showers rather than the long, soaking rains of earlier months. Temperatures can soar to nearly triple digits.
Above: Ornamental pepper, Capsicum anuum ‘Black Pearl’ and Calibrachoa ‘Terracotta’
But this is the time when the garden centers, nurseries, big box stores and even the groceries are loaded to the rafters with jaw-dropping flowering plants, calling us over to admire them, sniff them, touch them, imagine them in an inspired planting in our own gardens and whisk them into the shopping cart. It needs to stop, right now. Do not buy any more plants.
Above: Petunias from the grocery
No more new plants after the first week in June, that is written on the notes to self in the journal every year. There is too much traveling done in June for various reasons. Newly planteds need extra watering and care, not total abandonment for days on end. It is a roll of the roulette wheel as to whether it will rain enough to keep the established plants in the ground and in containers especially happy and thriving. Newbies don’t stand a chance if there is no precipitation from above in blazing heat so why waste good money?
Above: Featuring Diascia barberae Darla® ‘Deep Salmon’ and Cuphea ignea
And look at these. Talk about a waste, the number of times that Echinacea ‘Sundown’ has been purchased and died before even one season has passed should be a crime. Some people should know better. Really. Seriously. But that COLOR!